The Odyssey of Homer

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Oxford Univ Pr, Jun 1, 1978 - Poetry - 327 pages
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A modern prose version of the classical epic relating the wanderings and homecoming of a Greek warrior and hero

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Did not finish this. Just did not enjoy his writing style. Very disappointed. Tried, really wanted to like it, just didn't happen. Read what I did on a plane and in a hotel in Dallas. Read full review

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Second time I read this book in the last 6-8 years. I understood it a little better because I referenced the Pynchon wiki and Sparknotes. Really not sure what the point of it all was. It is such a 60 ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
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Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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